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The Role of the Day Surgery Team

Chair’s Welcome and Introduction

Ms Alex Alen
Senior Sister, Day Surgery Unit
Torbay and South Devon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Past BADS Council Member

Alex opened today's conference in support of International Nurses Day


Back to basics in the patient pathway

Ms Karen Harries
Day Surgery Nursing Lead
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, BADS Council member

Ms Fiona Belfield
Senior Nurse Manager for Day Surgery
Hywel Dda University Health Board, BADS Council member


Karen started off the session explaining that pre-ops are the gatekeepers of the surgery, they make sure the patient is physically ready for the surgery and that they have received the most information they can. Throughout her talk she goes through the ins and outs of the POA role including the pitfalls.

She then introduced her colleague Fiona Belfield who gave an overview of the patients journeys pre and post procedure ensuring patient safety. She explained how different day surgery units have different facilities, so it isn’t a one size fits all process.


Ms Catherine Jack
Theatre Manager, Day Surgery
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, BADS Council member

• Preoperative assessment
• Ward admission and discharge
• Perioperative management


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